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Title: Inova Kellar Center Presents: DBT Targeting, Chaining and Case Formulation
Date: Thursday, May 01, 2014    Add to Calendar
Time: 7:45 AM - 3:30 PM
Address: Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center
3740 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030
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Contact Name: Patty Watson
Contact Phone: (703) 999-6800
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2014 Education Workshop

Inova Kellar Center is pleased to present a workshop addressing a current topic relevant to educators, healthcare providers and professionals involved with children and adolescents.

We have invited a recognized expert in the field and developed a dynamic, interactive program to provide you with tools you can use in your everyday interactions at school or in treatment sessions.

Register early. Space is limited!

DBT Targeting, Chaining and Case Formulation

"What to treat and how to solve the problem" presented by Josh Smith, LMSW, BCD

Josh Smith, LMSW, BCDDialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has numerous randomized control trials published and consistently shows its effectiveness in treating the multi-disordered, substance dependent, suicidal, Borderline Personality Disorder individual. Treating the multi-disordered patient can be extremely challenging. Therapists must discern which behavior amongst many they need to prioritize treating over others. DBT’s empirical base and treatment strategy allows the therapist to identify what behaviors are prioritized and the controlling variables with the client’s maladaptive behavior using behavioral chain analysis. Using the results of the behavioral chain analysis, DBT employs a set of theories to help guide the therapist and client in developing a strong case formulation.

This training will teach attendees what behaviors are prioritized in treating, how to conduct a solid behavioral chain analysis and then how to take this information and turn it into a strong case formulation. Individuals who attend this training should already have a basic knowledge of the theory behind DBT. It will contain lecture, audio of a real session, and role-plays to demonstrate the concepts that will be presented. Come prepared for a high energy and highly experiential training.

Workshop Objectives:
  • Explain the Biosocial Theory of Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Identify the State 1 Target Behaviors prioritized in Individual Therapy
  • Explain how to Review a Diary Card in an Individual Therapy Session
  • Identify the 5 steps in conducting a Behavioral Chain Analysis
  • Explain at least 3 Secondary Targets treated in DBT



Please join us for:

  • DBT Targeting, Chaining and Case Formulation presented by Josh Smith, LMSW, BCD

7:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Includes Networking Continental Breakfast, Lunch & Field Resources

Cost: $70 for the workshop

Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center
3470 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA  22030

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Earn CEU Credits

The workshop has been submitted to the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for approval to award 7.5 continuing education credits.

Inova Kellar Center provides a full continuum of mental health, substance use disorder treatment, and special education programs for children, adolescents and their families. Providing over 30,000 educational and therapeutic sessions per year, Inova Kellar Center is dedicated to improving the mental health of children through treatment, education and research. The Kellar Family Foundation continues to partner with Inova Kellar Center to ensure that all families receive the highest quality of care regardless of their ability to pay.

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